Maryland Governor O’Malley Targets Marijuana Voters

MARYLAND: Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley is making a play for the marijuana vote.

The former governor of Maryland will speak with Colorado lawmakers and business owners on Thursday about legalizing marijuana, according to his campaign.

Colorado was one of the first states to legalize pot, and O’Malley plans to use the state as a case study to determine whether such policies would be successful across the country. He called it a “laboratory in democracy.”

O’Malley is calling for the federal government to loosen its marijuana laws as part of his presidential campaign. He would like to reclassify pot so it is not listed with more dangerous drugs, such as heroin.

Gov. O’Malley To Sign Bill Decriminalizing Small Amounts Of Marijuana

MARYLAND:  A busy day in Annapolis Monday. Governor Martin O’Malley will sign off on big changes to the state’s marijuana law, even though there’s still heated opposition. Senate Bill 364 is one of more than 100 bills the governor will sign Monday.

Monday, Governor Martin O’Malley will sign a bill decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. He released a statement, saying in part:

“Such an acknowledgement in law might even lead to a greater focus on far more serious threats to public safety and the lives of our citizens.”

Maryland Gov. O’Malley Will Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Bill, He Says

MARYLAND:  Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Monday that he will sign a bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

On a 34-to-8 vote, the Senate gave final approval to the legislation Monday afternoon. The bill would impose only civil fines, rather than criminal sanctions, on those caught with less than 10 grams of the drug.

At least 24 other states now have either decriminalized the use of marijuana, approved it for medicinal purposes or legalized it outright, according to a study by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Maryland Gov. O'Malley Opposes Decriminalizing Marijuana As Leaders Align In Support Of Minimum Wage Hike

MARYLAND:  Gov. Martin O’Malley said Wednesday before the start of the 2014 General Assembly session that he was “not much in favor” of decriminalizing marijuana.

O’Malley appeared for about 45 minutes on a broadcast of WEAA’s Marc Steiner Show from the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis.

While O’Malley said he believes a medical marijuana law approved last year could get more attention this session, he said he wasn’t a fan of decriminalizing the drug.

“Seeing what drug addiction has done to our state and in our city,” O’Malley said. “This drug, its use and its abuse can be a gateway”

With the General Assembly set to convene later in the day, O’Malley responded to a number of questions Wednesday morning on issues that will face the General Assembly in 2014.